Saturday, January 23, 2021

 CALL ATTENTION DAY BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AS THE DAY OF PRESENTATION OF BUDGET 2021 ON 01.02.2021


NOTICE FOR OBSERVING (DAY OF PRESENTATION OF CENTRAL BUDGET 2021) AS CALL ATTENTION DAY BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES 




  

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No. Confd./Circular-2021                                    

                                CIRCULAR                   Dated: 22.01.2021

Dear Comrades,                       

            During our campaign to make the 26th November one day General Strike a grand success, we faced innumerable queries over the long pending demands of the Central Government employees, especially,  the freezing and denying the DA/DR payment upto 30th June, 2021,  the continuing impasse over the NPS; the dubious attitude of the Government over honouring the assurance held out in 2016 etc.  The lamenting of the Cabinet Secretary over the financial health of the Government when the Staff Secretary met him recently would be considered by the rank and file of the membership as nothing but a pitiful distraction.  There had been no such situation when the promise was held out in 2016 .  In fact the Government had been boasting of the steady growth of the economy then.  Even during covid days they merrily went ahead with the privatisation spree; On the contrary the Government had been taking advantage of a pathetic situation of the people at large in pushing through their agenda.  There had been no response from the Government to very many issues and problems of the employees faced with the covid-19 pandemic.  They had no qualms in pushing through the despised legislations over the labour code during this period. 

The Indian farmers has no doubt shown the way as to how to combat the situation emanating from sheer chicanery.  They have proved that the unflinching determination is the only way forward.  We must salute them and imbibe the qualities they have demonstrated in no uncertain terms.

We are, therefore, happy to note that the National JCA has decided to hold a protest demonstration on 1st Feb. 2021, the day when the Finance Minister will rise to present her budget proposal before the Parliament.  We would like to name the programme as protest day rather than the call attention day for this Government  has no intention to  listen to any legitimate grievances of the people.  The protest day may be organised in front of all offices, eliciting the participation of the entirety of the employees.  The occasion must be used to explain the chicanery indulged in by the Government by not honouring the assurances held out on revision of minimum wage;  how unprecedented and wrong was it to deny the Dearness Allowance/Relief to employees and pensioners; how the NPS will deny the requisite pension to the employees even after collecting contribution from them; as to how the privatisation of public sector and Government run organisations is amounting to selling away the Nation’s assets for a song to the cronies of the ruling party; as to how the negotiating forum has been permanently shut down etc. etc.  Above all it must  be the occasion to congratulate the farmers of the country  for their determination, courage, conviction  and unflinching faith in struggles as the certain way to success.  While explaining the grievances of the farmers emanating from the enacted farm laws, we must also  point out as to how the parliamentary system was overturned by dubious methods, when the Government had no majority in Rajya Sabha. 

It will also be pertinent to point out that the enacted legislation has the strange provision in as much as the farmers are not entitled to approach the judiciary (the courts of law at any level) to settle their dispute with the giant corporates.  The Law stipulates that such disputes are to be brought before the Government appointed bureaucrats, whose decision would be deemed to be  final.  For not anything, at least for this obnoxious and extremely untenable provision alone, the enactment must be scrapped

In the charter of demands, prepared by the NJCA and endorsed, all important demands have been included.  For the sake of uniformity, we would not like to incorporate any other issue.  We would like to convey a strong message of unity of the Central Government employees to the Government.

We request all affiliates, State COCs to immediately convey to the Branches and through them to all members of the programme slated for Ist Feb. 2021 and take immediate steps required to make the programme a grand success on Ist Feb. 2021.  All Branches, divisions, regions of all affiliates, the district and state units of COCs must ensure that each and every member of the unit and present on that day at the office takes part in the demonstration adhering to the norms and stipulations made by the concerned Governments to arrest the spread of Covid 19. 

We have convened the meeting of the National Sectt. to discuss and decide as to how to make the programme participative of all members and a grand success.

With greetings,

 

Yours fraternally, 

   R.N. Parashar

Secretary General.

Encl: Charter of demands.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1.      Withdraw the decision to corporatize Railway Production Units, 41 Ordnance Factories, GOCO Model in Army Base Workshops and stop Privatization and Outsourcing of permanent and perennial jobs.

 

2.      Immediate release of three installments of DA / DR due to the Central Government Employees and Pensioners from 1/1/2020, 1/7/2020 and 1/1/2021

 

3.      Implementation of the assurances given by the Group of Ministers on 7th CPC demands including minimum pay and fitment factor etc.

 

4.      Settle all the 7th CPC Anomalies pointed out by the Staff Side of NC – JCM including extension of one more option to switch over to 7th CPC, restoration of certain allowances and advances and grant of two increments while on promotion / MACP etc.

 

5.      Withdrawal of NPS and restoration of the Guaranteed defined Pension under CCS (Pension) Rules 1973.

 

6.      Withdrawal of FR 56(j) which is being misused as a measure of punishment

 

7.      Issue Government Orders on all the demands agreed in the meeting of the Standing Committee of NC JCM and in the 47th Meeting of the NC-JCM

 

8.      Settle the demands of the Staff Side with regard to regularization of the absence of the employees during COVID-19 pandemic and Lock down Period due to non-availability of Public Transport and home quarantine etc.

 

9.      Payment of compensation to the Central Government employees who died due to COVID – 19 Virus infection.

 

10.  Ensure 100% Compassionate Appointment to the wards of the deceased Central Government Employees and those who are medically invalidated from service

 

11.  Implement the following Supreme Court Judgments for the similarly placed employees:-

(i)                 Grant of Notional Increment to those employees who retired / retiring on 31st January / 30th of June.

(ii)               Implementation of MACP Scheme w.e.f. 1/1/2006

 

12.  Payment of Night Duty Allowance to the employees detailed on Night shift duty without any basic pay ceiling limit

13.  Reimbursement of the Actual Amount charged by the CGHS empanelled Hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 infection


Friday, January 22, 2021

 RBI: WITHDRAWAL OF CIRCULARS ON RECOVERY OF EXCESS PENSION MADE TO PENSIONERS

RBI/2020-21/84
DGBA.GBD.No.SUO 546/45.01.001/2020-21

January 21, 2021

The Chairman / Chief Executive Officer
All Agency Banks

Dear Sir,

Withdrawal of circulars on Recovery of excess pension made to pensioners

It has been brought to the notice of RBI that the recovery of excess /wrong pension payments from the pensioners are being made in a manner that is not in keeping with the extant guidelines / Court orders.

2.         This issue has been examined by RBI and it has been decided that the following circulars issued by Department of Government and Bank Accounts, Reserve Bank of India related to recovery of excess pension paid by agency banks stands withdrawn with effect from the date of this circular –

a. Circular no DGBA.GAD.No.2960/45.01.001/2015-16 dated March 17, 2016
b. Circular no CO.DGBA (NBS) No.44/GA.64 (11-CVL) 90/91 dated April 18, 1991
c. Circular no CO DGBA (NBS) No.50/GA.64 (11-CVL) 90/91 dated May 6, 1991.

3.         It may please be noted that though the above-mentioned circulars issued under the signature of RBI stand withdrawn, agency banks are requested to seek guidance from respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities regarding the process to be followed for recovery of excess pension paid to the pensioners, if any.

4.         As regards the issue of refund to be made to the government of excess/wrong pension payments, banks may be guided by the guidelines laid down in our Circulars Nos.DGBA.GAD.H10450/45.03.001/2008-09 dated June 1, 2009 and DGBA.GAD.H.4054/ 45.03.001/2014-15 dated March 13, 2015. Agency banks are again advised that, where excess pension payment has arisen on account of mistakes committed by the bank, the amount paid in excess should be refunded to the Government in lumpsum immediately after detection of the same and without waiting for recovery of any amount from the pensioners.

       Yours faithfully

   (Charulatha S Kar)
Chief General Manager

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 EARLY CLOSURE OF OFFICES IN CONNECTION WITH REPUBLIC DAY PARADE AND BEATING RETREAT CEREMONY DURING JANUARY, 2021 – REGARDING

(Click the link below to view)

https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/Early%20Closure_0.pdf

 “STAND WITH FARMERS”\

WEST BENGAL C-O-C OF CONFEDERATION AND PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION HAVE DONATED A SUM OF RS., 1,00,000/- ONE LAKH (50,000/- EACH) TO ALL INDIA KISAN SABHA LEADER COM. ASHOK DHABLE, ONE OF THE LEADER OF PEASANT’S  MOVEMENT.

     CONFEDERATION HQ CONVEY THANKS TO WEST BENGAL C-O-C AND PENSIONER`S ORGANIZATION WEST BENGAL FOR THEIR VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION.

     WE APPEAL TO ALL TO EXTEND SOLIDARITY, CO-OPERATION AND ALL TYPES OF HELP INCLUDING FINANCIAL HELP TO FARMERS MOVEMENT.


                                         R.N. PARASHAR

                                    SECRETARY GENERAL

                                                                      CONFEDERATION OF CGE&W

 

BRIEF OF THE MEETING HELD TODAY WITH CABINET SECRETARY (GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)


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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR REDRESSAL OF PUBLIC GRIEVANCES (CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW)

ource: Click Here to view/download the pdf

Monday, January 18, 2021

 PAYMENT OF LUMP SUM COMPENSATION TO EMPLOYEES COVERED UNDER NPS ON RETENTION IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN SPITE OF DISABLEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULE 9(3) OF CCS (EXTRA ORDINARY PENSION) RULES, 1939-REGARDING

(Click the link below to vioe)

http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D3/D03ppw/Lumpsum_to_NPS_employeesu0Dff.pdf

 

PRESS NEWS

GOVERNMENT NOTIFIES THE LIST OF POSTS IDENTIFIED SUITABLE FOR PERSONS WITH BENCHMARK DISABILITIES
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Posted On: 15 JAN 2021 7:10PM by PIB Delhi

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities on 4th January 2021 notified 3566 posts in Central Government establishments as suitable for persons with benchmark disabilities (disability of 40% and above) under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. These posts include 1046 in Group A, 515 in Group B, 1724 in Group C and 281 in Group D posts. Posts have also been identified suitable for new categories of persons with disabilities such as dwarfism, acid attack victims, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability; specific learning disability, mental illness and multiple disability have been added. This list is not an exhaustive one and Central Ministries/Department/Autonomous Bodies and Public Sector Undertakings may further supplement. This notification will broaden the scope for employment for persons with benchmark disabilities in Government establishments.    

A list of 2973 posts identified suitable for persons with benchmark disabilities was last notified on 29.07.2013 in terms of the repealed Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. As compared to the earlier notified list, 593 new posts have been added.

The list of posts notified by the Central Government on 04.01.2021 is based on the recommendations of an expert committee constituted under the chairpersonship of the Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and consisting experts, persons with benchmark disabilities and representatives from various associations of persons with disabilities.

Details of the list is available on the website of the Department. Notification is also available on http://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2021/224370.pdf

NB/SK/jk/MoSJ&E-15-01-2021(Release ID: 1688869) 

Sunday, January 17, 2021


COVID-19 VACCINATION PRECAUTIONS CONTRAINDICATIONS AND SCHEDULED: DIFFERENCE OF COVID-19 VACCINES



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
NIRMAN BHAVAN, NEW DELHI – 110011

DO No. T-22020/14/2020-Imm
Date: 14th January 2021

Dear All,

As you are aware that COVID-19 vaccine is scheduled for roll-out in the country on 16th January 2021 and the States/UTs have already received vaccines for the same.

In this regard, a comparative factsheet for both the vaccines that will be used during the introduction have been prepared which contains information on vaccine platform, physical specifications, dosage, cold chain storage requirements, contraindications and minor AEFIs. A detailed note on contraindications and special precautions has also been prepared and is enclosed.

You are requested to kindly disseminate the above mentioned documents to Programme Managers across all levels and through them to cold chain handlers and vaccinators for ready reference.

Enclosure: As above

Yours sincerely,

(Dr. Manohar Agnani)


Precautions and Contraindications for COVID-19 Vaccination

1. Authorized Age Group: Under the EUA, COVID-19 vaccination is indicated only for 18 years and above.

2. Co-administration of vaccines: If required, COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines should be separated by an interval of at least 14 days

3. Interchangeability of COVID-19 Vaccines is not permitted: Second dose should also be of the same COVID-19 vaccine which was administered as the first dose.

Contraindication

1. Persons with history of:

Anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Immediate or delayed-onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food-items etc.

2. Pregnancy & Lactation:

Pregnant & Lactating women have not been part of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy; and lactating women should not receive COVID-19 vaccine at this time

Provisional / temporary contraindications: In these conditions, COVID vaccination is to be deferred for 4-8 weeks after recovery

1. Persons having active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

2. SARS-COV-2 patients who have been given anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma

3. Acutely unwell and hospitalized (with or without intensive care) patients due to any illness

Special precautions:

  • Vaccine should be administered with caution in persons with history of any bleeding or coagulation disorder (e.g., clotting factor deficiency, coagulopathy or platelet disorder).
  • Following conditions are not contraindicated for COVID vaccines
  • Persons with a past history of SARS-CoV-2 infection (sero-positivity) and or RT-PCR positive illness
  • History of chronic diseases and morbidities (cardiac, neurological, pulmonary, metabolic, renal, malignancies)
  • Immuno-deficiency, HIV, patients on immune-suppression due to any condition (the response to the COVID 19 vaccines may be less in these individuals)
  • Vaccine specific contraindications may apply as the new information becomes available

Comparative Sheet for different Covid-19 vaccines, under Indian Government supply

IndicatorCOVISHIELDCOVAXIN
Type of VaccineRecombinant COVID-19 vaccine based on Viral Vector TechnologyWhole-Virion Inactivated Corona Virus Vaccine
No. of doses in each vial1020
Shelf life6 months6 months
Expiry date available on vialYesYes
Vaccine Vial Monitor (VVM) Not Availablenot available
RouteIntramuscular (IM) Injectable Intramuscular (IM) Injectable
Physical Appearance of VaccineClear to slightly opaque, colourless to slightly brownWhitish translucent
Dose0.5 ml each dose0.5 ml each dose
Course 2-doses2-doses
Schedule4-weeks apart4-weeks apart
Vaccination during Pregnancy Not recommendedNot recommended
Vaccination < 18 years of ageNot recommendedNot recommended
Vaccination to Lactating motherNot recommendedNot recommended
Storage and transportation+2°C to +8°C at all levels+2°C to +8°C at all levels
Cold chain storage space in secondary packaging2.109 cm31.7187 cm3
Shake test Not applicableNot applicable
Open Vial PolicyNot applicableNot applicable
Freeze SensitiveYesYes
Discard the vaccine vial, if found‘frozen’ or ‘frozen and thawed’‘frozen’ or ‘frozen and thawed’
Discard the vial, ifSolution is discoloured or visible particles are observedPresence of particulate matter or other coloration
AEFISome mild AEFIs may occur like injection site tendenrness, injection site pain, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia, chills and arthralgia, nauseaSome mild may occur like injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site swelling
AEFIsite pain, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia, chills and arthralgia, nausea
AEFI Other

Paracetamol may be used to provide symptomatic relief from post-vaccination adverse reactions
Very rare events of demyelinating disorders have been reported following vaccination with this Vaccine without the causal relationship establishment
As with other intramuscular injections, COVISHIELD should be given with caution to individuals with thrombocytopenia

 


Any other instruction
Shake well, before use
Use of Chloroquine and Corticosteroids may impair antibody response.

Packaging details —

Packaging detailsDosesDimensionTotal Volume
COVISHIELDCOVAXINCOVISHIELDCOVAXINCOVISHIELDCOVAXIN
Primary

10

10

21.09 cm334.37 cm3
Secondary500320L-18.5 cm, W-9.5 cm, H- 6cmL-10 cm, W- 10cm, H-5.5 cm1053 cm3550 cm3
Teritiary3,0007680L-31 cm, W-19 cm, H- 13.3 cmL-41 cm, W-20 cm, H- 18cm7833 cm314760 cm3
Quaternary (A)*12,000Not ApplicableL-57.9 cm, W-46.4 cm, H- 37 cmNot Applicable99402 cm3Not Applicable
Quaternary (B)12,000Not ApplicableL-60 cm, W-48 cm, H- 41 cmNot Applicable1,18,080 cm3Not Applicable


Source: MoHFW

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

                   WARM GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES

ON THE AUSPICIOUS OCCASION OF

 

LOHRI, MAKAR SANKRANTI,

PONGAL AND BIHU